We partner with the community to invest in educational experiences that inspire protection of the redwoods state parks in our area. We also help support the maintenance of 150 miles of park trails and the stewarding of more than 23,000 acres of forest.
Big Basin, Henry Cowell and Fall Creek are where you can go to explore, exercise and discover all the natural wonders on display every day of the year.
Established in 1902, Big Basin is the oldest state park, and the birth place of the conservation movement.
Explore the largest continuous stand of ancient coast redwoods south of San Francisco, including old-growth specimens dating back to the Roman Empire. The park also offers mesmerizing views of the Pacific Ocean, waterfalls, and inspiring natural and cultural history. The park has more than 80 miles of trails.
Follow the link below to discover activites like hiking and camping, read up on Big Basin's rich history, meet the state park staff, and explore the Nature Lodge Museum where you can learn so much about this internationally known treasure.
Visit this famous 40-acre grove with the most majestic old-growth redwood trees admired by explorer John C. Frémont and President Theodore Roosevelt. The tallest tree in the park is approximately 277 feet tall.
There are four diverse habitats that this park including the Santa Cruz sandhills—an ancient sea bed and home to several endemic species. Keep a look out for banana slugs, black-tailed deer, coyotes, bobcats, or steelhead trout.
There's hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, swimming, and camping on more than 4,650 acres of forested and open land. Check out all this amazing park has to offer.
We are all facing our greatest environmental challenge ever. You can help educate our young people about their role in the critical balance of nature. The educational programs your gift supports will teach them to preserve what’s right in their own back yards.
This month, MPF hosted a tour for MAH's Researchers Anonymous group at Big Basin's Nature Lodge Museum. It was a fabulous opportunity for these local scientists and researchers to view the current exhibits and learn about some of the ground-breaking natural studies conducted right here in the park. This group got an all-inclusive presentation from very own Executive Director, Brenda Holmes, along with Susan Blake, State Park Interpreter, and Scott Pedan, Big Basin History Project Head. Scott also took these fabulous photos.
In case you haven't had an opportunity to visit the museum, now's your chance to explore it in this self-guided tour. Located right behind the Nature Store, you'll be enlightened to all the wild wonders and mysteries of California's oldest state park.
If you a member of a group and would like to visit this hidden treasure at Big Basin, contact us to schedule your very own tour! Learn more, and sign up here!
Here you will find a wide array of interesting and educational gifts from local artisans including artistic prints, note cards, journals, jewelry, walking sticks and useful items made from redwood. While you’re here, you can also enjoy a variety of refreshments and snacks like fresh brewed coffee from Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting and Marianne’s Ice Cream. Every dollar you spend in the Store helps make your parks something special.Our hours change throughout the seasons, please call us at 831-335-0782 for more information.